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    [Libby Prison]. Union Captain George H. Starr Archive. Comprised of six letters spanning the years 1862 through 1864. George H. Starr was captain of Co. D, 104th New York Infantry when he was captured during the first day of fighting at Gettysburg. He was transferred to Libby Prison in Richmond, Virginia, and it was from that place that he wrote to his father, dated March 21, 1864, saying, "Pope & Mason have gone. They will both call on you. Mason will give you all information. . . . The 200 Officers who have left; have left additional room behind them; and we now have fresh air, & better promenade." Mason did indeed write to Starr's father, in a letter dated March 29, 1864, stating why George had not joined him in being paroled, in part: "I write you at the request of your son, Capt. Geo. H. Starr . . . Through the influence of Bishop Johns of Richmond I got away on the second boat taking paroled prisoners. Bishop Johns also used his influence on behalf of your son, and he came very near getting off with me - He had signed the parole and was going out of the prison when Ross, the prison clerk, recognized him as one of those escaping through the tunnel and recaptured. . . . he was taken from the number paroled and ordered back again."

    Starr was transferred to the military prison at Macon, Georgia, in May 1864. On June 5, he wrote to his mother that he has met his brother, Henry, who was also brought to Macon, saying, "Was surprised last week to see Henry who came in with the Officers captured on the 7th May. He is well; occupies the same shed as me . . . We have better rations here than we had at The Libby . . . Give yourself no uneasiness, dear mother, we will do very well here." Two months later, Starr escaped from the prison, but was recaptured and sent to Camp Sorghum, South Carolina, and on August 13, 1864, he wrote his father regarding his new location, in part: "I arrived here this day. I hear that Henry is at Savannah & well. Will you not take immediate measures to secure my 'immediate exchange.' It will probably be necessary to go to Washington, but the expense is nothing to me compared to my getting out soon." He sent a final letter home to his mother on September 17 requesting a box of goods. He made his final escape on October 10 and managed to stay free. He was discharged from the army on January 6, 1865.

    In addition to the prison letters, this lot contains a letter from Major Louis Skinner recommending Starr for appointment to captain.

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